PennLive reported recently on a pedestrian accident which occurred right in front
of Harrisburg police. The police received a telephone call early on Sunday
morning and were told a pedestrian accident had occurred near South 23rd
and Derry Streets. When they arrived at the scene of the reported crash,
however, they were not able to find a victim.
As officers scanned the street and waited for an update from a dispatcher,
they observed a driver running over a pedestrian right in front of them.
The incident occurred shortly after 2:00 AM and involved a 21-year-old
driver who hit a 26-year-old man. The women who struck the victim accelerated
and ran the man over, although the motive for why she did so was unclear.
The victim refused medical attention after the incident and the driver
was arrested. The original victim who the police had been called to the
scene to assist was never found.
While this case was unusual because the pedestrian crash happened directly
in front of the police – and the driver may have run the man over
on purpose – pedestrian crashes are not uncommon. In fact, there
were 147 pedestrians killed in Pennsylvania in 2013 according to National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These pedestrian deaths accounted
for 12.2 of the total 1,208 fatal accidents in the state of Pennsylvania.
Pedestrian Death Risks
As the summer season approaches, more people will likely be out walking.
The summer months are an especially dangerous time for pedestrians, and
both drivers and walkers need to be aware of the dangers of pedestrian
collisions and take steps to try to avoid deadly or serious accidents.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides details on where and when pedestrian accidents happen, so drivers
and walkers can be aware of the high risk locations on the road. According
to NHSTA, the majority of fatal pedestrian accidents occur in urban locations
– such as cities like Harrisburg – and while at night. Surprisingly,
the majority of fatal pedestrian-car accidents don’t happen at intersections
or bicycle lanes. This, however, does not mean drivers and pedestrians
alike should not be at high alert while at stop signs and red lights.
Pedestrians and drivers should be especially be careful when they are on
a road or crossing outside of an intersection. Parking lot accidents (known
as “backover” accidents) are also a common form of pedestrian
accident. In parking lots and garages, drivers should remain on lookout
for pedestrians walking from behind parked vehicles and pedestrians should
be aware of cars backing out of parking spaces.
In addition, drivers need to be especially careful in areas where children
are likely to be walking. This is especially true at all times of day
and in urban and rural areas alike – especially with the summer
months ahead and more children playing outside.